Dark Souls III Will Mark the End of the SeriesGet all the details from a recent interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki11.25.15 - 12:03 AM
Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of From Software and creative director behind the Souls
series, was recently interviewed by GameSpot
where he talked about the future of the studio, the results of the Dark Souls III
network stress test and what games he's been enjoying in his freetime.
In response to questioning about what is next for From and the Souls series, Miyazaki replied, "It'd be a lie if I said I have no concerns about that. I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. I'm considering Dark Souls III to be the big closure on the series. That's not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future. Dark Souls III will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. The next title will be a game that was conceived while I was president. I believe that From Software has to create new things. There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls III is an important marker in the evolution of From Software."
When asked about how representative the Dark Souls III stress test was of the whole game, Miyazaki said that the beta showed off only a "standard" area of the game. There will be much more challenge for veteran players in the full release. "As far as the map, the enemies, and number of choices you have for playing characters, fighting styles, and that kind of thing, it's only a very small slice of the entire game. In that sense it doesn't represent the total experience," said Miyazaki.
Miyazaki also confirmed that the narrative running through Souls games will come to some kind of conclusion in Dark Souls III. "You know I wouldn't make everything completely clear about a story. But there is the conclusion to a large theme that has continued through the entire series, something that will leave you with the impression of what Dark Souls was really about, tell you about the overarching theme."
As far as games that Miyazaki enjoys playing, his answers may surprise you. "When I play games, I have a director's perspective, so it's half work and it's hard for me to have a pure experience, to just enjoy something on the same level as others may. However, the thing that I can enjoy right now on a pure level is Hearthstone. That's not connected to Dark Souls III, but I love Hearthstone. There are some board games too, like Eclipse. The design of Eclipse is amazing, it's really fun."
He also said, "I really look up to The Elder Scrolls, I find it very inspiring. I found Fallout 3 to be very interesting, but I like fantasy. I tend to gravitate towards Oblivion more."
Dark Souls III is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in Japan on March 24, 2016 and worldwide April 12, 2016.